5 Prettiest Squares in Paris
Not that long ago, I stumbled across a blog called mymelange.net. The author, Robin, writes exclusively about France and Italy.
While reading many of the posts on her blog, I found a post that she entitled “ The Prettiest Square in Paris“. She goes onto describe the square and the surrounding buildings.
As she describes it, “It is a quiet and peaceful spot, surrounded by large red brick buildings and faded grey cobblestone walks. Gracing the center is a lovely park with trees and benches welcoming the avid reader or picnicker.
On nice sunny days, you’ll find men playing petanque and Parisians walking their adorable, well-behaved dogs. You’ll find nary a car on these small cobbled paths, which makes it seem much more secluded and far-removed, rather than smack-dab in the center of Paris.” Her description, along with her images, paint an idyllic hideaway in the heart of Paris, and it surely must be one of the 5 prettiest squares in Paris.
Now, not having been to this square, I can’t really say whether it is the prettiest or not, but, as I was reading this I wished I was back and could be relaxing in Place Dauphine near the Pont Neuf, the first bridge built on the Seine. Her article also got me thinking about other squares in Paris.
Are there others that deserve to be ranked as one of the 5 prettiest squares in Paris? Here are four others to consider.
Place des Voges
I have been to Place des Voges and it is one of my favorite places to hang and relax. This beautiful square is located in the Marais, and is a wonderful oasis surrounded by 36 buildings that are great examples Louis XIII-style architecture.
Place du Tertre
This should really be at the top of my list of 5 prettiest squares in Paris. It is my favorite I think. Certainly not peaceful like Place Dauphine, but exciting and bustling. It is just a few steps from Sacre Coeur, it is very popular and pretty touristy, but I, and others, think it’s great. A variety of artists, shops, and cafés surround the square making it a fun place to visit.
Place Saint Michel
This is another bustling square right in the heart of the Latin Quarter. It’s center piece is the rather huge Fontaine Saint-Michel. We have seen street performers and protestors here many times, and it makes it an exciting place to be. There are many cafés and bistros to hang out in and take it all in. And, you are just steps away from the Seine, and from the Île de la Cité.
Place de Furstemberg
Hidden as it is from the throngs of tourists, you would be forgiven for missing this tiny little square. But, you need to actively seek it out when you are next on Boulevard Saint Germain.
When you do discover this secluded little, dare I say tiny square, you will find a the setting very cute. There’s a flower shop, a Delacroix museum next to it and it has a big tree in the center along with a few lamp posts. This square has been painted by different artists over the years.
As always, looking forward to our next visit to France, and Paris especially, to once again visit the 5 prettiest squares in Paris.
À bientôt Arnie
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